Articles in Category: Attracts Pollinators

Gaura lindheimeri

on Monday, 17 October 2011. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura So White smGaura astounds us with its haze of lighter than air blooms and easy care.  The white or pink buds open slowly so this perennial blooms for a long time, from late spring to frost. But one of the best things about it is that way it self cleans, the petals drop off before getting brown or ratty, and more starry blooms continue the show. Deadheading or pruning spent stems to the base will keep it a little more compact and tidy looking but is not neccessary. A heavy prune in the early spring will keep it looking its best. Gaura is a Southwest native so it is tolerant of drought, sandy soils (thus requiring good drainage), and full, hot sun as well as being cold hardy. Gaura has a taproot so can be long lived and very drought tolerant once established. The wand-like stems can rise 2-1/2'-4' tall and arch out up to 3' wide.  It can be used at the back of a border because it's vase shape form allows the flowers to float above shorter perennials. It also works in the front of a border because its airy stems and blossoms don't block out other plants, or its arching form can cascade over a wall.  Gaura has proven deer resistant in most Rogue Valley gardens. It has a very naturalistic and informal look, pairing best with ornamental grasses, Caryopteris, and Sages.

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The varieties we usually carry are:

Gaura 'Siskiyou Pink'- developed by Baldassare at Rogue Valley's own Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery, this is a lovely medium pink, usually 2-3'x3'

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'- a pink bud opening to a lovely white bloom with flushes of pink at the base. Usually larger, at least 3-4' tall and looks best if it can arch out to at least 3-4'.  

Gaura 'So White'- for the purist, this is a true white with no hint of pink.  Very clean and elegant and bit more compact at 2'x2'

 Gaura Belleza sm   Gaura 'Belleza' - dark pink flowers on red stems. This variety is smaller than most other Gauras, and generall gets to be 1'-2' tall and wide - perfect for the smaller garden!

Agastache varieties

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Perennial, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Anise Hyssop/Hummingbird Mint

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Sometimes it's hard to be thankful for the relentless heat we get in July and August in the Rogue Valley but having an Agastache in your garden will definitely help you learn to appreciate it!  This late blooming perennial thrives in our heat and drought.  Agastaches attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with their tubular flowers. They thrive in well-drained soil and can even handle gritty or nutrient poor soil.

The key is getting them through our wet winters- so plant them high, add gravel or grit to the hole, and mulch with a 1/4" gravel to keep moisture from the crown.

The other imperative is to not prune Agastaches back until spring, when you see new growth emerging from the base. The woody stems will help it survive the rainy winter; it is usually too much water, not cold, that will do them in. Placing them in full sun, even in the winter months will also help.

A deep soak every couple of weeks will get them through the  summer months but once mine are established I don't water them all summer. Another bonus is their licorice, spicy scent usually repels deer. They pair great with ornamental grasses or wide leaf perennials like Euphorbia and complement the Mediterranean plants like Rosemary and Lavender.

Zauschneria (Epilobium) cana

on Wednesday, 14 August 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Native, Perennial, Ground Cover, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

California Fuchsia

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The California Fuchsia is one of the most drought tolerant, heat tolerant, beautiful perennials you can grow.  We're not sure why this California native is not used more- the hard to pronounce name, the two Genus names (we like to use Zauschneria), that fact that you can kill it with kindness, perhaps?  It has been putting on a show for us and the hummingbirds in the garden since mid July and seems to be going strong until we get a severe frost in late October, maybe November.  The trumpet-shaped, hot orange flowers bloom continously and are not ugly as the fade out- they just drop off, no dead brown petals like so many perennials or even annuals.  So there is no deadheading or cleaning up.  The unreal orange color of the blooms is set off by the lovely silvery gray foliage that fits perfectly into a drought tolerant garden.  This northern California native perennial is happiest in a well draining soil (you see them naturally growing out of rock outcroppings) with full sun and low water.   We like to leave up any dormant stems over the winter to help them survive our wet winters and clean them up in early spring.    We have so many kinds!  From ground hugging to taller, upright full on woody-stemmed perennials.  Come check them out!

Chilopsis linearis

on Wednesday, 05 June 2019. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Trees, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Desert Willow

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The Desert Willow has truly captured our attention.  Scott thinks the smell of the thin, willow-like,leaves remind him of the Southwest, reminiscent of sagebrush.  But the flowers are almost tropical looking, attracting hummingbirds near and far..  Tubular, burgundy flowers emerge in clusters at the tips of branches all summer long.  Just when everything else is taking a break in the heat, this tree thrives.  It will tolerate drought as well as summer irrigation as long as it has well draining soil.  So a great choice for a slope or granitic, sandy soil.  The Desert Willow is very late to leaf out in the spring, so pair it with plants that have spring interest, but it will put on a show until the early fall.  Chilopsis are a small tree with an open habit, getting 15-20' wide and tall and prefering to be a bushy shape but can be single or multi-trunk with pruning.   It would do best in a hot location, a south or west exposure, hardy to Zone 7.  But we have seen it in the Denver Botanic Garden, so when it's dormant and established could withstand colder temperatures.  'Bubba' has larger flowers and leaves than the species. 'Burgundy' also has darker blooms than the species.  They are in full bloom here at the nursery in July well into September, so come visit!

Ribes odoratum 'Crandall'

on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. Posted in Plant of the Week, Berries Attract Wildlife, Fragrant Blooms, Attracts Pollinators, Fall Color, Shade Plants, Edible, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

'Crandall' Black Currant

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Here is a stellar plant that is beautiful, as well as edible and good for the birds.  This Black Currant is woefully under utilized, perhaps people haven't eaten a currant before or not visited the nursery when they are in bloom.  But come visit in April and you will see a drift of them planted in part shade in our drought tolerant display garden.    Ideally close enough to the rock pile for little hands to pick the fruit when they ripen in summer.  And beckoning you for a closer look with their clove scented, yellow blooms.  Appealing to hummingbirds and butterflies, the flowers develop into black, round fruit that are tart/sweet with a more mild currant flavor and especially high in Vitamin C.  My daughter loves to pick them fresh but they can be made into preserves or baked goods or dried.   Then the fall brings out gorgeous red fall color.  Most currants would appreciate a spot out of extreme heat but will tolerate full sun with good water.  Part shade or morning sun is ideal.  They will get 4-5' tall and wide.  Currants can be drought tolerant once established and do best in a well-draining but compost-rich soil.  They can be a great addition to a mixed use garden- full of edible and ornamental power!